Angelica Ross is reflecting on the role that catapulted her to fame as the series finale of FX's "Pose
Next week, “E! True Hollywood
Story” will honor LGBTQ Pride Month
with a special episode titled “Transgender
in Hollywood.” In the clip above, Ross discusses her personal connection with her “Pose” character, ballroom icon Candy Ferocity.
Candy was murdered in a Season 2 episode that aired in 2019, in a heartbreaking twist that shocked many fans
. It was a pivotal, if divisive, moment for the show, and Ross expressed "mixed emotions" upon learning of her character's fate.
Finally, it was series co-creator Ryan Murphy who persuaded Ross that Candy's death
was meant to depict the real-life violence that transgender women
of color face all over the world, though that didn't make saying goodbye to the character any easier.
“Candy is a dark-skinned, Black trans woman who gets overlooked a lot, so I brought all my pain into the ballroom of being that dark-skinned girl,” Ross explained. “Part of me wanted to ask, 'But why? Why me? Why Candy? Who not you? Do you think you're that special that the violence won't end up at your front door?'"
Ross is one of several artists profiled on the NBCUniversal Television
show “Transgender in Hollywood,” which premieres next week. Miranda Weiss, director of production and development for NBCUniversal Television, hopes the episode will show how much trans representation
has shifted in the film and TV industry over the last decade, while also highlighting the need for improvement.
“Progress can be such a slow journey and so difficult to believe in, but when we talk about what transgender representation in mainstream media
looked like only 10 or 15 years ago — you can see the needle moving
,” Weiss said.
The episode "Transgender in Hollywood" of E! True Hollywood Story will air on June 7th.